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Encino murder-suicide discovered by son

June 1, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Three children in Encino are now orphans after a man killed his wife, then turned the gun on himself.Police said Pedro Papias, 41, shot his wife Rosa Valencia, 35, several times, then committed suicide with the same weapon at about 12:30 p.m. Sunday in the 4800 block of Haskell Avenue.

"The children went into the room and discovered their parents," said LAPD Detective Joel Price.

The oldest child, a 12-year-old boy, then called 911.

The 12-year-old, his 10-year-old brother and 5-year-old sister are now in protective custody.

"I can't tell you how upsetting this is, three kids with no parents, what are they going to do?" said one neighbor.

Price said the couple had marital problems and may have been preparing to separate.

The couple had also reportedly argued Sunday afternoon before the shooting.

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